Note how fast the robbery occurred. The two “gentlemen” entered the store running. They were in the clerk’s face in under two seconds. The bystander stammered around instead of running or taking cover. The clerk hid behind counter instead of running away (may have been good decision, maybe not). He reached for his gun while the robbers had guns in hand. That only works well if robbers are not paying attention—which seemed plausible in this case. But it was an extremely risky proposition, as demonstrated by the robbers trying to shoot the clerk . . .
While the clerk didn’t get hit, it’s only because of the “gentleman caller’s” lack of marksmanship.
It took a while, but clerk finally realized that concealment will not stop bullets. He finally shot through the display. GOOD! As John Farnam says “What do most people do after being shot with a handgun? The same thing they were doing before they were shot with a handgun.”
Notice the gentleman caller kept shooting even after being shot, although he did decide to make an exit. The clerk seemed oblivious to the fact that the second gentleman caller was right around the corner, only 10 feet away.
Interesting note: the second caller didn’t give a shit that his buddy was being shot at and kept rummaging through he counter during the gun fight.
The second gentleman was not threatening the clerk nor did he appear to have a weapon, though we could not hear what was said nor see if there was one in his waistband. Might have been an illegal use of lethal force on behalf of the clerk?
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